No Liability for Loss in Foreign Post

No liability for loss in foreign post

“I never received it,” is a reason some postal patrons have for requesting compensation for lost items. “It wasn’t lost within our borders,” is the response one postal organization has for not offering compensation for the lost value.

In 2006, a gentleman in Alto Dabolim, India, sent two money orders to his son in Nepal. He claims they were never received, and requested reimbursement for the loss. India Post questioned whether the items were truly lost in the mail, but opted to base its defense on the fact that the loss was not incurred in India.

The India Post Office Act of 1898 states that liability ceases within the borders of India. Any loss incurred by a foreign post was not the responsibility of India Post, and therefore it has no obligation to offer compensation for missing items. This conclusion was confirmed recently by the redressal commission in India that oversees these matters.

Do you think a Post Office has an obligation to offer reimbursement for the loss of a postal money order oversees?

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1 Comment

  1. Grannybunny

     /  March 5, 2013

    The only way a postal service should be liable for something lost overseas would be if it collected money to insure the item. I wouldn’t think a money order would be an insurable item, since a lost money order can be replaced.

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